Choosing a Trainer is an Important Decision.
Your dog is a family member, and you want what's best for him or her. That's why it's critical to understand what training methods are used and how they will affect your pet.
Why are punishment-based strategies bad for pets?
Shock collars, prong collars and the like used to be the norm, but since about 2009 research began to inform us that punishment and fear-based training can actually increases unwanted behaviors. Dogs learn to avoid pain or fear by shutting down and avoiding interaction in order to keep from being hurt or scared. This approach increases stress chemicals in the bloodstream, and makes the dog more fearful and reactive. This approach can shut dogs down temporarily, but it isn't a real fix.
Why is our rewards-based therapy so successful?
Many studies in the past ten years or so show that dogs learn to do what we want much more quickly and easily by reinforcing their behavior when they get it right. Just like small children, dogs respond positively by getting good stuff for good behavior. Our proven positive methods give your pet positive reinforcement, teaching him that doing what we ask is fun! These good behaviors quickly become second-nature and stay with your pet, making him a happy, well-adjusted family member.